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My recommendations for visiting San Francisco for 2-3 days
Well it depends on what you like to do, but you can go to lands end (there is a cool labyrinth there, a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, this pretty cool cave) but its mostly a hiking expedition. You can also check out some of the mosaic staircases in SF (there are at least 3). In the MIssion District you can try a bunch of great mexican food spots and do a self-guided walking tour of the murals there. The most touristy spots in SD are the Wharf and Union Square.
16 Avenue Tiled Steps
Here are the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps in San Francisco. These steps are one of (at least) three different mosaic staircases in San Francisco. These are my favorite of the three mosaic staircases though because They're the most detailed and quite frankly they're the most sparkly. I spent a good half hour here admiring these steps. They can get pretty crowded though, so be patient and make sure you come at a good time. You will want to see them on a sunny day so the metallic tiles will sparkle!
My Three-day Walking Tour of San Francisco
Here is one of the main tours I do with people when they come to visit San Francisco but only have two days to see it all. This is a walking heavy tour with minimal Ubering. Bring a pair of your best walking shoes and get to know the city on ground level! Day one: Begin in the Embarcadero at the iconic Ferry Building. You may explore the building, grab some food, and check out the gorgeous views. From there, head north up the Embarcadero to Pier 39. You can Uber this, but I recommend walking it as you can check out the piers and sights along the way. Once at Pier 39, you will see there is a lot of touristy things to do. Next, head north to Fisherman’s Wharf. Classic Californian locations like Boudin, In-N-Out, and Ghirardelli are located here. You can visit Ghirardelli Square and get a famous sundae. After that, you should walk east on North Point and turn right on Hyde. This will take you to Lombard Street. (Note: this street is now by reservation only). Head towards Telegraph Hill next. Go North on Leavenworth, then turn right on Bay Street. Continue on Bay Street until you hit Embarcadero again. Turn right. After a few blocks, turn right again onto Sansome. Head to Greenwich and take one more right. Walk up the stairs and you will find you’re in a secret garden of sorts complete with an old abandoned castle looking building. This building is actually an iconic restaurant that many celebrities have dined in, including the entire cast of the original Star Wars trilogy! Keep heading upward on this path past the castle building and you will reach Coit Tower. There is a mini-museum of sorts inside the building and some great views. Walk down the driveway of Coit Tower until you reach stairs. You will end up on Filbert Street. Take it to Stockton. You will be at Washington Square Park. You will now be at North Beach which is the Italian district of San Francisco. Take Stockton all the way till you get to Columbus and then take a left. In North Beach, you will find tons of Italian restaurants, gelato shops, deli’s, and the famous City Lights Bookstore (which is on Broadway and Columbus). Chinatown is next door to North Beach. You can get there by going through Kerouac Alley. After you explore Chinatown, you will see a beautiful gate (perfect for photos) and you will be in Union Square. This is the heart of downtown and there is a ton of shopping in this location. Head to the main square and explore. Day two: Begin at the Palace of Fine Arts. This is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful spots in all of San Francisco. If you move up towards the bay you will see a path called The Wave Organ. From here you can walk it to see a great view of Alcatraz on one side, and the Golden Gate Bridge on the other. From there, you can walk to Crissy Field. There is a straight path getting there but you may want to use GPS just in case. There is a fantastic Golden Gate Bridge lookout point. After you’re done with all of that, you should head to Golden Gate Park and explore. I highly suggest taking an Uber to the park as the walk is a bit long and walking the park itself takes a while. It is huge and should take you a good amount of time. I suggest seeing the De Young Museum, The Academy of Sciences, the courtyard in between both buildings, the Japanese Gardens, and the Conservatory of Flowers. Day three: On Day three you should begin the in Haight and Ashbury. You can simply walk this street for a few blocks to get the most out of the neighborhood. From there, Uber to the Castro District. This is San Francisco’s historic gay district. Walk through the area and explore. From there you should walk east to Dolores park. This park gives you an amazing view of the city. One street over you will find Guerrero Street. And two streets over from there you will find Mission. These three streets contain a lot of cool things to visit. There are a bunch of great places to eat, there is mission mural walks, and great bars.
My list of favorite food spots in San Francisco
A good spot for brunch in San Francisco. Make sure you arrive early if you want a table. It can get very crowded and the unfortunately run out of their signature dish, the donut cheeseburger. That said, I prefer their chicken and waffles to their signature dish.
This spot is a hybrid of Indian food and Italian food. There is a full Indian menu completely with amazing naan and curries, but the pizza is what this place is most famous for. The pizzas are made with Indian flavor profiles, so eating here is quite the experience.
3 things I liked the most during my trip to San Francisco
Three things I would recommend in SF are: 1. Definitely go to the Mission District for the best Mexican food! My recommendation is Taquieria Cancun! 2. Try Tandem Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge! It is definitely an amazing experience! 3. Visit Chinatown for the culture and authentic food! My recommendation for some good Dim Sim is at the House of Dim Sim!
Chinatown San Francisco
Walking through the streets of Chinatown in SF, the various aromas of Chinese eateries, the hubbub of the locals as they go about their daily tasks, and of course the sounds of oriental music buskers on many corners, transport you from the quintessentially American city of San Francisco, to the bustling streets of China. Strolling through the streets you’ll find beautiful Chinese lanterns draped across, some REALLY good Dim Sim (my favourite is the House of Dim Sim where I had the spinach and noodle Dim Sim for $1.65!) and incredible bakeries serving everything from egg tarts to cream puffs! My favourite is the Eastern Bakery, where one cream puff takes your taste buds to paradise! SF’s Chinatown is one of the biggest in the world, an accolade of culture and history serving as an innate reminder of what it is for some to be Chinese American!
Lounge in Dolores Park
Dolores Park is one of the most authentic SF park to go to. My Airbnb host told me that locals love it and I understand why! But first thing first: Dolores Park offers outstanding views of the city and is easily accessible by any public transportation. Let’s dig into that a little bit. Dolores Park is not a typical park. It’s a little society in San Francisco where each corner belongs to a specific community. There’s a playground in the LGBT corner. There’s another for dog-friendly people, next to an area that caters to out-of-control toddlers. Most people I’ve met there were just relaxing with a glass of wine, a few joints (that reminded me that it was legal in CA actually!) or by broadcasting music.
The Best Irish Coffee in the US
Apparently, it’s a well-known fact: Buena Vista serves the best Irish coffee in the entire country. I can only speak for myself (who can taste all the irish coffees from a 360-million people country?!): the one I got at Fisherman’s Wharf was delicious. I can’t wait to go there on my next trip.
The Best Burrito of SF is in The Mission
I’m a big fan of burritos and I have to say that I had a foodgasm with the gigantic Mission Burrito when I was traveling in SF for work. I can comfortably say that it was the best burrito I had on the West Coast.
Yoda lives in SF!
When I visited San Francisco, I noticed this 26-inch replica of Yoda on a fountain in the Presidio. I thought that was pretty cool, although my partner couldn’t stand me talking like Yoda for en entire day…
Handmade Fortune Cookies Are The Best
If you are visiting San Francisco, make sure you make a stop in Chinatown. It takes easily a full day to explore most of it. In the itinerary you’re preparing, make sure you make a stop at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. They have free tours there where people make fortune cookies from scratch (you can eat some fresh fortune cookies, it’s delicious!).
A 3-day program to fall in love with San Francisco
If you’re planning a road trip on the West Coast, you might wonder how many days you should stay in SF. I know it because I’ve asked myself this question when I planned my trip. Should I stay an extra day in Los Angeles, 2 more days in Yosemite or should I extend my trip to Seattle… Take whatever option you want but don’t spend less than 3 days in San Francisco. Because you’ll miss out on amazing activities… Here’s my personal 3 days there: - Day One Start your day at the Golden Gate Bridge. i really hope it won’t be as foggy as it was for me… Anyway, this is still a marvel to watch and to cross. Beware of cyclists - some of them can be reckless. Crissy Field is another area to visit. It’s near the bridge, features a beach with great views and a lot of food options. Try to get lunch there before you go to Alcatraz Island where sits the most famous federal prisons in the US before the 70s. (Make sure you book your tour in advance!). That will take most of your afternoon. After that, walk to Fisherman’s Wharf and get dinner at Pier Market Seafood Restaurant. If you love seafood like me, you’ll be in heaven. - Day Two In the morning, hop on a cable car on Market Street. Pay attention to the different neighborhoods you’ll cross as most of them are picturesque (also enjoy the fact that you won’t have to walk up these hills!). Get off at Lombard Street and prepare your camera! This is the famous shot you’re aiming for :) From there you can head to the Coit Tower before getting lunch. I’d suggest you get lunch in Chinatown. After lunch, make sure you explore it - I think it’s one of the biggest Chinatown in the country. After this afternoon, get dinner somewhere in Fog Harbor. Any restaurant would do, just enjoy the view on the Golden Gate. - Day Three Go to the Golden Gate Park/ There’s so much to explore there from Japanese gardens to moderate hiking trails. That will take your entire day, trust me (my feet were hurting bad at the end.
San Francisco: 5 Attractions in Five Hours
Heading to this Bay city wonder, and only have a few short hours? Check out all the popular spots you can see in just 5 hours! https://www.mapleleopard.com/search?q=san+Fransisco
I found your page because I'm thinking of going to San Francisco maybe this October. What's your favorite bar or neighborhood to go out for drinks?
Hey Raphael, White Rabbit (located in Marina neighbourhood) and Barbarossa Lounge (in North Beach) are really good options for drinks and nightlife
I'm moving from NYC to San Francisco to join my partner. What are the things I should know before moving?
I'd say a few things to know: - San Francisco and New York are wildly different. People love to compare them but they're not even in the same ballpark. SF is a world class city, but it's nothing like NY. Things close at more normal times, people drive, there's SO much more nature/green space, and it's much more relaxed. Public transportation is laughable in SF compared to NY (but better than 95% of most other American cities still). - If you like to be outdoors, SF is the right place for you. Within a 3 or 4 hour drive (and most of the time much less), you have: Big Sur, Redwoods, Tahoe, Yosemite, and hundreds of other amazing, beautiful places to explore. People here are active and tend to go out of the city often. - Be prepared to pay even more than you were in rent. SF has surpassed NY in expenses, and continues to grow. However, salaries are much higher so when you're job hunting, feel free to add a significant portion to your asking salary. Personally, San Francisco is much more my speed and I feel so much more at home and relaxed here. If you're a big city guy just looking to recreate your NY fast-paced life on the West Coast, San Francisco isn't right for you. But if you want a more relaxed, nature-forward (?) place to live, it's the best. I also think having a partner will help you feel more grounded here, so you won't have to deal with a lot of the issues of dating, etc.
What were the 3 things I liked the most during my trip to San Francisco ?
Hi ! Thanks ! Golden gate of course would be the first thing ! I personally loved that bridge and the history about it is also pretty interesting , the other thing that I really enjoyed is in general the view of the city , it’s pretty challenging to walk in San Francisco and also to drive a car when the hills are really steep , it’s serous it’s a good workout haha (Lombard street is a must too ) and the last thing I think would be Chinatown ! It’s a good place to eat good food and take a break while you run around !
I didn't really like San Francisco
I didn't like San Francisco so much as a city. But the nature around it is amazing. I would strongly recommend going to Point Reyes - it's an hour North of SF. That's where this picture was taken. It has breathtaking views of beaches that go for miles, wildlife, and the road 101 to go there is magical. It's a hidden little secret ! It's funny because the only reason I know about this place is because of a random conversation with a waitress in Sacramento ! I was not sure what to do in SF, and she told me about her week end there and how much she loved it ! Sharing that Waitress knowledge with you all ! :-) Muir Woods National Monuments is also very nice. The drive there through Panoramic Highway is definitely worth it. DO NOT go there on weekends - it's extremely crowded and there are traffic jams since it's where everybody goes with their family. But the Muir Woods are insane - trees that are at least 50 meters high. Same for Golden Gate Bridge - do not go there on weekends and expect tons of people and cars lining up at the viewpoint. Other reasons why I didn't like SF so much: The city's landscape felt like a lot of wasted energy: steep hills, neightborhoods spread out one from another, and everything being so costly. There is obviously a huge homelessness problem that the city is trying to adress. Private companies and the City are pouring millions of dollars into it, but the improvements are minimal.
I found your page because I'm thinking of going to San Francisco maybe this October. What's your favorite bar or neighborhood to go out for drinks?
There are so many to choose from! I would recommend the Mission or the Castro, but you can find jewels in all parts of the city
I'm moving from New York to San Francisco to join my partner. What are the things I should know before moving?
I'd say a few things to know: - San Francisco and New York are wildly different. People love to compare them but they're not even in the same ballpark. SF is a world class city, but it's nothing like NY. Things close at more normal times, people drive, there's SO much more nature/green space, and it's much more relaxed. Public transportation is laughable in SF compared to NY (but better than 95% of most other American cities still), - If you like to be outdoors, SF is the right place for you. Within a 3 or 4 hour drive (and most of the time much less), you have: Big Sur, Redwoods, Tahoe, Yosemite, and hundreds of other amazing, beautiful places to explore. People here are active and tend to go out of the city often.- Be prepared to pay even more than you were in rent. SF has surpassed NY in expenses, and continues to grow. However, salaries are much higher so when you're job hunting, feel free to add a significant portion to your asking salary. Personally, San Francisco is much more my speed and I feel so much more at home and relaxed here. If you're a big city guy just looking to recreate your NY fast-paced life on the West Coast, San Francisco isn't right for you. But if you want a more relaxed, nature-forward (?) place to live, it's the best. I also think having a partner will help you feel more grounded here, so you won't have to deal with a lot of the issues of dating, etc.